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There's a lot more to us than meets the eye! These are a few things that make up a special part of the culture of our kura/school. Don't just read about it, come and see for yourself!
We maintain a strong connection to our whenua, our land and greatly value the connections created with Māori and Pasifika whānau. Students hear Te Reo everyday, during class lessons, the Daily Tui language clips, our school values and signage. Te Reo is woven throughout our curriculum.
Our annual Matariki celebrations are a real highlight in the school calendar, bringing the whole community together over stories and kai. We will be celebrating together this year (date to be advised). It's not to be missed so watch this space.
The whānau hui/fono is a special time of sharing ideas and vision for our kura. Dates for 2019 will be announced via email and newsletter later this year.
Senior and Junior kapa haka is under the expert guidance of Kim Williams our Te Kāhui teacher and Associate Principal, Grant O'Connor, Becks Va'ai teaches Senior Pasifika. Performances from these groups are not to be missed! Check out our calendar to find out about when practices and performances are and talk to your teacher if you are keen to join up.
This year we are developing the tuakana/teina model where senior children teach and promote all things Te Reo and Tikanga throughout Kaurilands School, including the creation of the Te Reo Daily Tui clips.
At Kaurilands School, we are committed to protecting and improving the environment that we are fortunate to be in, through adopting/implementing sustainable environmental practices.
We recycle, compost food waste, operate worm farms, promote litter free lunch boxes, plant native trees and grow fruit and vegetable gardens.
We inform through regular environment messages, practical ways to be environmentally conscious consumers (power, water, litter) and seek ways to better existing practices.
Visit the Enviro Schools Website to find out more.
What is PB4L - School Wide Positive Behaviour for Learning
PB4L is about teaching behaviour just as we teach other subjects.
We teach behaviour through the use of our School Values.
By teaching and acknowledging expected behaviour this assists with the prevention of inappropriate behaviour. Students are helped to remember our behaviour expectations by targeted teaching and through our PB4L signage situated around the school.
PB4L Gotchas are given out by any staff member to acknowledge positive playground or classroom behaviour in relation to our school values.
Gotchas are placed in year level boxes and names are drawn out during hui time or syndicate assemblies.
Year levels also have in class acknowledgement systems. In Year 1 all children have an individual sticker chart. Once their chart is complete they choose a prize from the prize box. Year 2-4 students have class sticker charts. Once these are full the students receive a class reward.
For more information on PB4L visit the Ministry of Education’s PB4L web page: http://pb4l.tki.org.nz
Our student leadership programme offers students the opportunity to lead their peers and make decisions for our school.
The role of a peer mediator is problem solving by students with students. It is a process by which children who are having problems in the playground can work through with a peer mediator to find a solution. This role will assist duty teachers in supporting and ensuring all children feel safe and secure in our school environment.
The primary role of student representatives is to give back to our Kaurilands School community. They will work together to voice the opinions of our Kaurilands students and will be part of organising school-wide activities, discussing community projects and fundraising. Another role of the student representatives is to welcome visitors to Kaurilands School and showcase all of the amazing things happening in the different spaces.
This is a new role for 2019, their primary purpose is to support the school community with sporting events, for example junior school cross country/athletics. They will also be given opportunity to run sports games during lunch times.
Other Leadership Opportunities:
Adventure Afternoons are run throughout Year 3 - 6 for one term a year. This is a key competency based programme where students choose an area of focus that they would like to pursue. Our job as teachers, is to then facilitate the children to support this interest. We always have a number of family members who come to teach our tamariki and this programme has gone from strength to strength.
Discovery Time is run once a fortnight in Year 2 and is a child led programme. Each teacher runs a different activity and provides the equipment needed. The children book into the activity that interests them and use the equipment however they wish. There is an emphasis on exploring the key competencies and teachers encourage children to further develop these. As it provides children with an opportunity to follow an interest, they are motivated and engaged throughout the session.
Developmental Time is an important part of the daily Year 1 programme. It is an opportunity for our younger children to play, work collaboratively, problem solve, develop their fundamental movement skills, practice their fine motor skills and to use social skills like taking turns and sharing. The children are able to play either inside or outside the classrooms in our courtyard. For example, blowing bubbles, a range of PE equipment, sand and water play as well as the Junior playground are available for children outside. Painting and craft type activities are offered in the classrooms. This gives the teachers opportunities to informally observe, talk to and form relationships with all the children from the year level. No technology is used at this time.
Children have a chance to first explore their passions in Year 5 and then teach others about them in Year 6. This is a programme that hopefully engages and motivates students in their learning.
One of the first things you will notice at our school is the beautiful gardens and native forest. Our "Dig In!" programme is where students in Year 3 learn more about making the most of what grows at school and also taste it for themselves! Come and check out our beautiful vegetable beds, talk to our caretaker Sandra Fletcher about taking some produce home with you or get a worm bin tour from Miss Bombay, our Enviro leader.
Children explore the gardens and forest during break times, including getting their hands dirty in our stream, home to kõura, fresh water crayfish, eels and Mokoroa, our kaitiaki taniwha, or guardian of our manga (creek). You will also spot Mokoroa on our school logo, keeping an eye on all of us!
We believe that digital literacy and learning is an important part of being a 21st Century learner. As such students have access to iPads, Chromebooks or both in class and use these to create, present and research. Have a look at Our Curriculum page to find out more about our Digital Curriculum.
An opt- in BYOD or Bring Your Own Device programme runs in years 3-6. Students who already have an iPad or Chromebook at home are welcome to bring it to school to use for their learning. There is no obligation for children to bring a device at all as devices are provided by the school.Talk to your classroom teacher to find out more.
We strive to support families best with this new and often challenging area. You are most welcome to pop in anytime to see our Digital Learning Specialist, Grant O'Connor in Rūma Aroha or email him at [email protected]